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Elzahn Nel

South African artist, Elzahn Nel, has been engaged in creating artwork for as long as she can remember. After being formally enrolled into art classes at the age of 9, Elzahn spent much of her youth in Paarl experimenting with various mediums before studying at Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town. There, she achieved the highest aggregate mark for her mini-dissertation on Afrikaans identity. 

After living in various corners of the world and working in a number of artistic fields (including owning two art schools for children in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, and assisting in the establishment of the Lalela Project), Elzahn began establishing her distinctive style of figurative, abstract expressionist drawings by experimenting with thin, black ink lines and splashes of colour. Elzahn was based in Bangkok but has moved back to the Western Cape post-pandemic and works full-time as an artist. In 2020, she exhibited at the Project 189 Residency Space and the WTF Gallery’s Doomsday Exhibition.